Anarchism: Theory, Practice, History (HIH2034A)

30 credits

This module examines anarchism as a social and political movement from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It will examine the ‘anarchist canon’ of writers (including Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin and Goldman) and significant reference points in anarchist ‘canonical’ history, including the Paris Commune, the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. In addition, it will aim at a further objective; to examine the reflexive relationship of anarchist theory to historical practice and historical practice to anarchist theory. Here it will assess both the viability of anarchist approaches to historical investigation, and the possibilities such approaches may offer for anarchist practice.